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How can I stay safe when meeting someone internationally?

  1. Stay in a hotel. Check into your own room and avoid staying in the other person’s home. If you can’t afford a hotel, you shouldn’t go.

  2. Use a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or rental car for transportation. Even if the person you’re meeting offers to pick you up, it’s important to secure your own transportation so that you aren’t stranded in the event that something doesn’t go as planned.

  3. Keep your lodging information private. The person you’re meeting should respect your privacy until you know each other a bit better.

  4. Tell a friend. Let a trusted friend or family member where you’ll be going and who you’ll be meeting. Schedule a time to call each other to check in.